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Texas Democrats pushing optimism amid long odds

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WILL WEISSERT, PAUL J. WEBER

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Democratic Party hopes to prove at its state convention that though its candidate slate isn’t exactly star-studded, it can still be enough to end the party’s 20-year losing streak in statewide elections.

Addressing delegates Friday night in Dallas are state Sen. Wendy Davis, the party nominee for governor, and Senate colleague Leticia Van de Putte, who’s running for lieutenant governor.

Neither is favored in November, and other Democrats seeking statewide posts face even longer odds. Still, the party hopes to impress independents and young voters with a “more inclusive” platform than the state GOP’s. Also by contrast, a leading convention voice will be Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay.

At their convention, Texas Republicans approved a hard-line immigration stance and endorsed therapy to turn gay people straight.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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